I've stayed at probably 12 different traditional hotels inside the canal belt in 15 years of trips to Amsterdam, and this one is a great combination of value and location. Small rooms, Dutch staircases and the bathroom/shower down the hall are par for these types of places, with elevators very unusual.
Being only about 10 minutes' walk from Centraal Station is a huge advantage. There's even an Albert Heijn market about halfway! The neighborhood is also very colorful and distinctly Amsterdam, including both the ethnic restaurants and specialty shops, and more tourist-oriented places like the coffee shops (two nearby ones, Barney's and a branch of Greenhouse, are regular cannabis cup finalists). Eclectic, you might say.
So it's a bit of a "party" section and can't be recommended for families with kids, but it's not nearly as intense or hectic as the red light district or even, at times, Leidseplein, and does simmer down at night eventually. Motorbikes are the worst noise offenders, even though most people walk or ride bikes. If you have to get to sleep by 8 or 9 to get up very early this might be a problem, but there was significantly less of it by 10:30 or so.
The room didn't include breakfast, so in that sense it breaks with tradition. Yet that allowed me to discover the Greenwoods on Singel, to which I gave a rave review.More
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